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Renewable Energy

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Conservative, Selby and Ainsty

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change by what means the contribution of bio-mass co-firing to renewable energy capacity targets is measured.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The UK's renewable energy targets are for generation and consumption; it does not have any renewable energy capacity targets.

The contribution of biomass co-firing to renewable generation/consumption targets is measured by summing the number of renewables obligation certificates (ROCs) issued (by Ofgem) to generators for co-firing, and converting to a generation equivalent (using the number of ROCs per MWh).

Biomass co-firing capacity is not included in the UK's total for renewable energy capacity, since it is not dedicated renewable capacity. However, it is estimated by dividing the annual generation from co-firing by the number of hours in the year (8,760).

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